bar man

Tamashraj Ramkissoon

A third bar owner has been charged with breaching the Public Health Ordinance Regulations.

Tamashraj Ramkissoon, of Arena Road, Freeport was arrested and charged after police reportedly found his premises open and sales being conducted on Saturday.

Around 11.10 am, officers of the Freeport CID were on patrol along the Arena Road, Freeport, when they observed Tom's Bar and Liquor Mart opened and persons exiting the premises with alcoholic beverages. The officers inquired from the proprietor who presented a Spirit Retailers Licence under the Liquor Licence Act, Chapter 84:10.

The owner was warned that as a result of regulation 3 (1)(a) and 6 of the Public Health [2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov)] (No.6) Regulations, 2020, he was to desist from operating his business for the period of time specified under Regulation 6. The Police officers then left.

The police officers returned around 11:55 am and observed a man leaving the same premises with alcoholic beverages. They inquired as to where he purchased the said items and he indicated it was done at Tom's Bar and Liquor Mart.

The police officers entered the said establishment and informed the owner of the offence of conducting a business namely a bar during the period specified under the Regulations and arrested him.

Ramkissoon was granted bail in the sum of $25,000 at the Freeport Police Station and will appear before the Couva Magistrates' Court on Thursday 4th June, 2020.

Ramkissoon was the third Bar owner to be charged for breaching the Regulations during the COVID-19 crisis. Daryl Sirju, was arrested on March 27 for operating his bar along the Southern Main Road, California. On March 30th, Ernest Todd was arrested and charged for operating Larry's Bar at Dow Village, California. These cases are pending in court.


A group of Venezuelan nation­als who were deported from this country last weekend, only to return illegally on Tuesday afternoon, is currently at the State’s quarantine facility in Chaguaramas.

The asylum seekers were taken to the heliport location around 10 a.m. on Friday.

It came following an order from High Court Judge Justice Avason Quinlan-Williams on Thursday that three members of the group—a five-year-old boy, his nine-year-old sister and their mother—should be immediately released from the faci­lity and placed under supervision of the State.

Even as gathering in public is being discouraged, the Ministry of Health says it is comfortable that the public health regulations can be adhered to sufficiently to warrant the reopening of certain performance spaces.

United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Joseph Mondello says it is “perplexing” that while some Caricom member states claim to be “neutral” about the crisis in Venezuela, they criticise US-recognised interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaido and remain silent on human rights abuses by the South American country’s leader, Nicolas Maduro.

The raid which dominated the headlines on April 10 was described as the first of its kind by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Pictures and video footage of men and women lined up were provided by the TTPS alleging a sex party was taking place despite restrictions issued by the Ministry of Health.

The TTPS claimed the Public Health Regulations were breached by gathering in a group exceeding five people.